Some people do not like to go on the regular roads. They crave for off-the-beaten-path. This trip covers the rustic side of Rajasthan along with the famous Golden Triangle (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur), the renowned Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary. The trip kicks off with the crowded cities but gradually ebbs away to the rustic rural sites.
In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan lies the beautiful small quaint town Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis (mansions). The entire Shekhawati region is dotted with havelis displaying beautiful frescos over the walls, which has given Mandawa the nickname "an open art gallery". The set-up of this place reminds you of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be in the bygone era.
This itinerary introduces you to three different aspects of India – Urban, Rural & Wildlife. From streets of Delhi, to Taj Mahal in Agra, to the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, to the vivid pink colored houses in Jaipur, to the artistic laid-back town of Mandawa, this tour is meant to experience the quintessential India.
Welcome to the beautiful chaos of Delhi! After arriving on your morning flight, jump-in right into the hustle and bustle of the capital of India and its second most populous city. Considered as one of the oldest existing cities in the world, Delhi’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures.
A private car with driver will receive you at the airport and directly bring you to your hotel. After freshening up, head out to visit Rashtrapati Bhavan (the residence of President of India). From there, visit India Gate, a memorial to the 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died between 1914-21 in World War I.
Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast to start your day of sightseeing in Delhi. A mixture of history with a taste of everyday Delhi, today’s itinerary covers all aspects of this former capital of the Mughal Empire. Stop off at the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Humayun’s Tomb. Built in 1570, it is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Then visit the breathtaking Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and the bustling Chandni Chowk – one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. After that visit the towering Qutub Minar.
Afterwards visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the most prominent Sikh temples, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi, India and known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan, as well as the pool inside its complex, known as the "Sarovar."
Have dinner at restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
After a nice breakfast, check out from hotel. The private car will drop you at Delhi train station. Board the superfast train for Agra. Welcome to the Agra city of Wonderful Taj Mahal. Agra is blessed with one of the Seven Wonders of the World the “Taj Mahal”. City with its rich culture, history and architectural work stands in the top of the tourist destination in India.
In less than two hours you'll reach Agra. The driver will meet you at Agra train station. On arrival visit Agra Fort, a historical fort, which remained the main residence of the Mughal emperors till 1638. After the fort visit check-in at your hotel. Freshen up and enjoy the best of indian and mughali cuisine at your lunch. Later visit the "jewel box" which is often is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal - Baby Taj. In the evening stroll along the local market area - the best place to see shades of India. Overnight stay at hotel in Agra.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Early in the morning at sunrise, visit the spectacular Taj Mahal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After a filling breakfast check out from the hotel, and head towards Bharatpur. On the way visit UNESCO world heritage site Fatehpur Sikri which became the capital of Mughal empire in 1571. The city's architecture reflects both the Hindu and Muslim form of domestic architecture popular in India at the time. After that continue towards Bharatpur. Formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, the Keoladeo National Park is recognized as one of the world’s most important bird breeding and feeding grounds. In 1982, Keoladeo was declared a national park and then later listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.
After a 2-3 hours drive you'll reach bharatpur. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. In the evening enjoy a guided village walk tour. Overnight stay at hotel in Bharatpur.
Early in the morning visit Keoladeo National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. It is a home to over 360 bird species, including aquatic birds, visitors from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia. After a delicious breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards Ranthambore. Once a private game reserve of the royal House of Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the world’s best known wilderness areas.
After the 6 hours drive you'll reach Ranthambhore. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. Evening is at your leisure. Have a sumptuous Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ranthambore.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Enjoy the early morning tea and snacks and then head out for jungle safari at 6:00am. Ranthambore National Park is one of the finest tiger reserves in India. It is in every sense a perfect place for wildlife photography. Later come back to hotel, have breakfast and relax.
Have lunch at the hotel. In the late afternoon head out for another jungle safari around 3:00pm, this time on a different path. Maybe you get a good chance of sighting the Indian tigers. Spend some time watching the peacocks and other animals in their natural habitat. The forests around the Ranthambore Fort were once, the private hunting grounds of the Kings of Jaipur.
Evening is at your leisure. Enjoy the cultural performances and Dinner at your hotel in Ranthambore.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast check out from hotel, and head towards the Pink City - Jaipur, famous for its broad avenues, massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and royal culture. It will be around 04 hours drive. You'll drive through the countryside of Rajasthan, thus a good way of seeing the culture of the region. On the way you'll be seeing many cows, the traffic will surprise you. Check-in to hotel on arrival.
The evening is at your leisure. You can stroll through the local market area. Jaipur is also known as the shopper’s paradise. Jaipur's colorful markets offer a great break to stop and shop on your tour. Take in the glint and sparkle of the rows of shops selling hand-crafted bangles and other decoration items. While moving through the markets, you will come across the vivacious culture of this region.
Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
Have a sumptuous breakfast and then set out for local sightseeing. Visit the historic heritage sites of Jaipur - Hawa Mahal ("Palace of Winds" - a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside); Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), It is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh, and completed in 1738 CE. Afterwards visit the City Palace. A complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings, the impressive City Palace is right in the centre of the Old City. Also visit the Galta ji temple also known as ‘Monkey temple’. It is a historic pilgrimage site.
Later in the evening enjoy dinner at a nice restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and head towards Mandawa, the quaint old small town with its rustic and rural charms. It is renowned for its fort and havelis. This town has been referred to as the "open art gallery" of Rajasthan state because the entire region is dotted with fascinating mansions (havelis) that have lavishly painted walls.
Reach Mandawa by afternoon. It will be around 3-4 hours drive. Check-in at hotel on arrival. Evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Mandawa.
After breakfast, head out to explore Mandawa and surrounding attractions. Start with visit to The Mandawa Fort, one of the most famous forts in the Shekhawati region. The fort dominates the town with a painted arched gateway adorned with frescoes of Lord Krishna and his cows. Built as per a medieval theme, Mandawa Fort presents a sight to behold.
Afterwards visit the famous old Havelis (mansions) of Mandawa. Some of Havelis are more than 100-years-old, and famous for their unique architecture and paintings.
Reach back hotel by evening. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Mandawa.
After breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards Delhi. The private car will drop you at Delhi International Airport for your return journey.
To all good things, comes an end! Bid farewell with the memories of amazing fun-filled 11 days trip through the Golden Triangle & Rustic Rajasthan, worth remembering for the lifetime!
Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday. Please select your travel date accordingly.
Moods: A little Rural